What separates Pure Intensity Basketball from other training companies?


Our workouts are unlike any other in Minnesota – they are fast paced and challenging with maximum attention to detail and organized and performed in a way that keeps players engaged and on the edge of their comfort zones. It is our goal that every player we work with is challenged physically, mentally and emotionally in every workout we conduct to ensure maximum progress and promote success in games. We do this by having our clients perform the same dynamic, cutting edge and innovative concepts, skills and drills we use to train our professional, college and elite high school players – but at the level of each client or group. We work relentlessly to take the mind and body of all we train to a place they have never been before.

What qualifications/experience does Daniel Makepeace have?

Daniel has been in the skills training industry for 14 years. He began Pure Intensity Basketball in 2008 while living in Bend, Oregon. In 2010, he moved back to the Twin Cities and began building what is now one of the most well known and respected training companies in the Upper Midwest. To date, he has trained 90+ players that have received scholarships to NCAA Division 1 or Division 2 schools and 100+ players that have played at the NCAA Division 3 and NAIA levels. He has worked with 95+ high school programs and 25+ youth programs from the Upper Midwest.

Daniel believe skills coaches must have the ability to demonstrate the fundamentals they help their clients acquire, therefore he works just as hard on his own skills set as his clients do. He is a constant and continual learner to ensure he remains ahead of his competition so his clients have an edge over theirs.
Daniel also has a successful coaching resume. From 2013-2015, he served as Varsity Assistant for the Eastview girls basketball team. While on staff at Eastview, the team went 61-3, winning the 2014 State Championship at the 4A level while compiling a 31-1 record. In 2015, Eastview finished 30-2 and placed 2nd in the State Tournament, losing to nationally ranked Hopkins 60-68. From 2017-2019, Daniel joined the Robbinsdale Cooper girls basketball staff, again serving as Varsity Assistant. Cooper won the 2018 3A State Championship, finishing the season 30-2. His second year at Cooper, they finished a respectful 4th place in State.
Currently, Daniel serves as a Varsity Assistant for the girls basketball team at Providence Academy, joining the staff in 2021. In his first year at PA, the team finished 29-4 and won the 2022 2A State Championship. The following season, PA finished 30-2 and won the 2023 2A State Championship.
Daniel’s unique experiences as both a skills coach and team coach allow him to better serve his clients and the programs he works with. Doing both gives him a better understanding of what works and what doesn’t work; what to focus on and emphasize and what to omit.
We have been fortunate that those we have worked with have had such positive things to say about us, check out our Testimonials page for feedback from some of the best coaches and players around.

What ages do you work with?


Elementary School (Grades 4-5), Middle School (Grades 6-8), High School (Grades 9-12), Collegiate and Professional aged players.

How long is a training session?


We offer 60 minute training sessions. If a player or group is traveling a long distance to work with us, we’ll extend the session length.

How many players train together?


It depends on what the client is looking for. Some prefer 1:1 or 2:1 sessions to focus on execution and maximum repetition – others form their own small groups consisting of between 3-10 players. Small group workouts include the same skills advancement curriculum and concepts as the 1:1 or 2:1 workouts but allow for situational competition and workout variations. We suggest that small groups are capped at 10 players to ensure each player receives detailed instruction and personal attention.

Where are the training sessions?

Most of our individual and small group training sessions are held at the Pure Intensity Basketball Gym located in Plymouth, MN. We less frequently use other gyms in the Twin Cities West Metro area including Trinity Lutheran Church in Orono/Long Lake, MN; the Chanhassen Recreation Center in Chanhassen, MN or Providence Academy in Plymouth, MN.
At times, we’re also willing to travel to YOUR gym for training sessions!
Here are the addresses for our five most used facilities:

Pure Intensity Basketball Gym
Plymouth, MN
Address provided to clients upon booking confirmation

Trinity Lutheran Church
2060 Country Road 6
Long Lake, MN 55356

Westgate Church
705 County Road 101
Plymouth, MN 55447

Chanhassen Recreation Center
2310 Coulter Boulevard
Chanhassen, MN 55317

Providence Academy
15100 Schmidt Lake Rd
Plymouth, MN 55446

When are the training sessions?


During the Summer, we conduct training sessions nearly every day of the week; we’re in the gym in the morning, afternoon and evening. During the Spring and Fall, our sessions are typically after school and on weekends. During the Winter, nearly all of our sessions are held on the weekends due to Daniel’s coaching responsibilities at Providence Academy.

How do I set up training sessions?


All scheduling is done directly with Daniel Makepeace. To start your training, connect with us today:


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